Mining equipment success stories in Russia

MiningWorld takes a look at how international mining firms are making headway in Russia.

Russia’s appetite for imported software, machinery, and equipment for the mining and mineral extraction industries is huge. Monetarily, it’s a $3bn market, and one companies the world over are keen to get into.

Foreign-made mining Equipment in Russia

Metso crushing equipment chosen by Pavlik Gold

January 2020 saw Russian gold miner Pavlik Gold specify Finland’s Metso to supply crushing machinery to the Magadan ore processing plant.

The Pavlik gold ore processing plant started operations in 2015. It is currently producing approximately seven tonnes per annum of gold.

Metso’s equipment is expected to enable the plant to double its ore processing capacity as well as increase gold production.

Metso Senior Vice-President for Russia and CIS Alexey Muzychkin said: “We greatly value our long-term cooperation with Pavlik Gold, where Metso’s equipment has been in use already for several years.

“We are sure that the experience and technical competence of both companies in this type of projects will help us rapidly achieve the goals.”

Under the contract, Metso will deliver the primary crushing station with a Nordberg C160 jaw crusher, one semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill and two ball mills with a total installed power of over 20MW.

The contract is valued at $27m and is booked under Metso’s orders received in first quarter of this year.

Khkasia mines turn to Komatsu for record-breaking output

This is a slightly more historic case study, but one that proves that dependable, affordable foreign-made machinery is in demand in Russia.

Komatsu Germany (KG), the German-subsidiary of Japan, outfitted two SUEK Khakassia coal mines with various excavator models in 2015.

From these purchases, SUEK was able to boast record production at the Chernogorskaya Coal Company and Vostochno-Beisky Opencast mine.

Chernogorskaya Coal Company announced in January 2015 a monthly production of 844,000 bcm using a PC 4000 E FS, which meant a world record level for the PC 4000 at that time. Later, in December 2015, this was topped by a monthly production of 1,072,000 bcm and then in January 2016 topped again by a production of 1,075,000 bcm. 

In August 2017, Chernogorskaya Coal Company announced that monthly production of more than 1,083,000 bcm using Komatsu’s PC 4000 E FS was reached, which is the latest record level for a PC 4000. This success is unrivalled in this machine class so far. 

The Vostochno-Beisky opencast mine reported in May 2015 a monthly production of 751,000 bcm using a PC 3000 E FS, which was a new record level for the PC 3000 model.

In March 2018, its own record was broken when the mine announced a monthly production of 813,100 bcm, still using the PC 3000 E FS and is still the new world record for a PC 3000.

Equipment simulator training software sweeps across Russia

Immersive Technologies says it has seen strong demand from mining companies in Russia for its tailored workforce development solutions as equipment sales have risen since 2012.

First, long-time customer Immeserive user Vostochnaya Technica, is using the company’s simulators to delivery “mine assessments” to their customers. 

It is using a PRO4 Surface Mining simulator at one of the SUEK mine sites to improve truck and excavator operator behaviours. 

“The simulator will then move to a new mine site to assess truck operators and to make clear recommendations on equipment usage with the expected result of quantified productivity improvements,” Immersive said.

A continuous improvement project aimed at enhancing operator skills is underway at Norilsk Nickel. Upon conclusion, the goal is to increase productivity, decrease cycle times, and reduce operator variability. The initial project focuses on underground LHDs but will likely expand to other equipment including bolters, according to Immersive.

KAZ Minerals has engaged Immersive Technologies to deliver a training solution which includes multiple IM360-B transportable simulators, interchangeable modules and supporting products and services like Pre-Start Inspection, Instructor Led Training and Training Systems Integration.

 “As part of this technology and services solution, the Immersive Technologies’ Training Advisor Team is providing support to facilitate the simulation training process to ensure training objectives are achieved,” Immersive said.

 “Russia and the CIS will continue to be a key market attracting increased investment from Immersive Technologies, over the coming years. We will be there to support the industry growth and needs of our customers,” Anderson added.

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